“Crazy Cartooning Class for Youth”, Sunday, December 1 and Sunday, December 8, 12PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $20 per class or $30 for both. Suggested for ages 8-13. Preregistration required; register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. “Attention boys and girls! Participate in our Crazy Cartooning Class! This class teaches kids how to create images from their own imagination using basic drawing techniques. Follow step by step instructions to create your own fun and colorful cartoon characters and landscapes. No drawing experience necessary. Beginners are welcome!” http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar
"Exploring the Unknown Tualatin River", Tuesday, December 3, 7:15PM, First Baptist Church, 5755 SW Ericson Ave., Beaverton. Free. Presented by Rob Baur of the Tualatin Riverkeepers. "What do you know about the river that wanders in our back yards? Join us in December as Rob Baur takes us on a virtual tour of the geology, water quality and history of the Tualatin River — from the mouth at the Willamette to the source high in the coast range." http://www.metromastergardeners.org/washington/washspeakers.php
“Decorative Wrapping Paper”, Thursday, December 5, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “Make your own wrapping paper, decorative gift bags and cards under the instruction of artist Anya Hankin. Give your gifts an extra special touch with these handmade adornments. Each participant will come away with a selection of personalized and handcrafted items. All materials provided.” http://etpnorthwest.org/people/anya-hankin
"Finding and Photographing Hidden Nature in Your Neighborhood", Tuesday, December 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. "Join local birder and photographer extraordinaire Scott Carpenter for a presentation on finding and photographing breeding birds in the Portland metro area. Scott will share photos and videos that he captured at nest sites of some of Portland's fascinating breeding birds, as well as his strategies for finding and observing these nesting birds while minimizing disturbance to them. Scott will focus on four of his favorite Portland area locations – Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Forest Park, Tryon Creek State Park, and his neighborhood. That's right – Scott's typical urban/suburban Portland neighborhood is teeming with nesting birds (he's confirmed 14 breeding species so far, and is still counting), and yours probably is, too. After attending Scott's presentation, your daily walk will never be the same! You might be surprised at the amount of joy you can experience, and knowledge you can gain, from observing birds for extended periods, with or without a camera. Scott will share what he learned from spending over 80 hours observing six different Anna's Hummingbird nests one spring. He'll also share videos and photos from the dozens of hours he has spent observing other species, including Northern Pygmy-Owls in Forest Park, Barred Owls in Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Park, and the many nests he found while walking his dog in his neighborhood." http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-dec2013
“Whale Watching Week”, Thursday, December 26, through Tuesday, December 31, “People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers are ready to answer your questions--we definitely know whale watching!” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_whaleWatching Binoculars, warm clothes and lots of patience are definitely required! If you want to increase your odds of seeing whales, consider finding a whale watching boat.
"Dirt Time", Sunday, December 29, 9AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, meeting at the Flood Plain parking area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. On the last Sunday of every month at 9AM, the Portland Trackers Club gets together to look for tracks, scat and signs of every kind of critter. They are very welcoming to beginners! https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/